• Food Carts at Graduate Minneapolis Keep Guests on their Toes

    Mobile Meeting Munchies

    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE

There’s always lots of buzz with the opening of a new hotel, but as the dust settles, exciting details retain their prominence. At the new Graduate Hotel in the heart of the University of Minnesota’s campus, which opened in December 2017, roving food carts have become the talk of the town. 

At the start of the year, carts were roaming the lobby of the hotel serving luscious winter foods like raclette and a build-your-own hot chocolate bar. The menu changes seasonally under the guidance of chef Richard Ruskell. In warmer weather, items like shaved ice and paletas keep guests cool. These mobile stations are the perfect touch for private events, adding flair to any room.

It’s unique elements like these that set Graduate Minneapolis apart. “With over 20,000 square feet of combined meeting and event space, Graduate Minneapolis is the perfect location to host your next event, from breakouts to breakfast, boardroom business and ballroom sized soirees,” says Andy Aldrich, general manager. “Graduate Minneapolis can accommodate groups of any size for every occasion.” 

When Minneapolis won the bid to host Super Bowl LII back in May 2014, the city and its people got to work. By the time the Eagles defeated the Patriots on Feb. 4, 2018, in front of a crowd of 67,612, more than 150 Super Bowl-related parties and events took place, 1,055,000 people attended the 10-day fan festival and 1.4 million people visited the Mall of America. The next day, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport waved good-bye to a record-breaking 61,000 visitors, and the people who worked tirelessly to pull off the event breathed a collective sigh of relief.